• Reunited through dogged efforts

    It took three searches and help from friends, but Brad and Luretta Turk of Marion found their lost dog, Maggie Mae, on Saturday. Maggie, a dachshund, went missing Thursday. The Turks took Maggie with them to the county lake Thursday at the invitation of Larry and Barb Smith to watch fireworks. They didn’t put a leash on Maggie, because she always stays with them, Luretta said.

  • Pols all wet? They will be

    A week after commissioners asked County Clerk Tina Spencer to seek fundraising ideas for the county’s $1,000 share of a map of Kansas in the Capitol visitor center, she returned with a suggestion from a department head for a dunk tank at the county fair. “I thought it sounded like fun,” Spencer said.

  • Golf team rims out of schools' sports lineup

    USD 408 Board of Education cut one assistant coach each from softball, wrestling, and middle school football, but golf took the biggest hit as the Board of Education approved supplemental assignments for the coming year Monday. Unless there is a surge in interest in golf, Marion High School won’t have a golf team next spring.

  • Bond, grant will give streets a facelift

    Alvin Winter is irritated that his street, Freeborn, is in a dismal state. “They were supposed to fix it last spring,” he said. “It is past last spring, and it’s not done.”

  • Ms. Missouri has local ties

    Former Marion resident Shannon Tajchman, 35, was glad to be home at her apartment in Kansas City, where she could sit on her couch with no makeup in sweat pants. Days earlier she had spent 18 hours doing her hair and makeup for the Ms. United States pageant in Washington D.C. “I don’t want to do my hair and makeup,” she said Monday. “I just want to sit home and relax.”

  • Her bucket list is no flight of fancy

    When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. One of the chief lemonade makers in Robin Kyle’s life is her sister, Genni Wilson of Hutchinson. Wilson has taken charge of the lemons that have been tossed into Kyle’s life and, with help from friends and family, she is making lemonade for Kyle as fast as she can.

  • Jail population exceeds old capacity

    Marion County’s new jail has several times this year exceeded the official capacity of its old jail, as determined by the state fire marshal. The average daily number of inmates for the first six months of 2013 was up about one from the same time in 2012.


  • County lake expanding pair of docks

    Marion County Park and Lake will expand a pair of public docks for $6,271. A dock by the lake’s boat ramp will have an additional arm for loading and unloading. Spots at that dock generally rent for $10 a day, but loading will be free.

  • City's industrial park to see two new ventures

    The building at 828 N. Roosevelt Street, formerly Arlie’s Paint, Body, and Glass will have a new tenant. Marion City Commission approved a lease Monday with Skywalkers Trampoline and Tumbling to use 3,000 feet of the building, which has been vacant since August.

  • Crews repair water line

    City crews were scheduled to repair a water line this morning that effected residents on Elm, Locust, North Lincoln, and North Cedar streets. According to utility supervisor Marty Fredrickson, a small leak was discovered last week. Fredrickson was not sure Tuesday wheather water would be turned off, or the leak could be fixed with water on.

  • No decision on emergency management

    Marion County needs a full-time emergency manager, if only because of the need to apply for state and federal grants, county commissioners said Monday. The question is where the manager should fit on the county’s pay scale. “If you get a half-time position, you’ll get a half-time attitude,” commissioner Dan Holub said.

  • Front yard is flush with recycling

    Sitting on their own concrete thrones on Billings Street, just off Main Street are what resident Steve Unruh calls, “the epitome of plumbing.” He has plans for the two pink 1950s toilets.

  • Redneck holiday unifies small town

    Residents lined the sidewalks as others paraded the street in their finest flannels and camouflage. Earlier there was a lawnmower obstacle course, later a pie-eating and spam-carving contests.


  • Caroline Gilbert

    A memorial servicefor Marion High School graduate Caroline Rae Gilbert, 73, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church. A retiree residing in Menifee, Calif., she died May 28 while in Virginia for the wedding of a granddaughter.

  • Linda Mathis

    Linda (Jon’nee) Mathis, 61, of Hillsboro died Thursday at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita. She was born Sept. 7, 1951, to John and Faith (Lipscomb) Heidlebaugh in Hugoton. Survivors include her husband, David Mathis of Hillsboro; a son, Joel, of Philadelphia, Pa.; two daughters, Rachel Wathen of Gardner and Michal Lillard of Hillsboro; two sisters, Shayne Osborne of Andover and Darlene Morrison of Bartelsville, Okla.; and seven grandchildren.


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  • Fellow POWs remember Kapaun

    The following letters speak eloquently of the multifold, untiring services of Father Kapaun. He was not to come back, but his fortitude in every trial was the chief factor in the survival and ultimate freedom of hundreds of his fellow P.O.W.’s. Capt. Joseph O’Connor wrote his recollections on Feb. 15, 1954: Dear Father: How can one express in words what one feels in his heart for the man who has contributed life and values to one? Father Kapaun actually did that to me by his example, his sermons, and above all, through his heart to heart talks that he and I personally had at times when I was ready and willing to give up.

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  • An emergency we need to manage

    Is it just the heat, or does it seem to others that government has devolved into little more than a sophisticated form of panhandling? Rather than actually providing services to taxpayers, the primary function of many highly paid local positions seems to be seeing how much money one agency can wrangle out of another.

  • Golf cut was the right choice

    It was surprising how nonchalantly Marion school board approved cutting a high school sport Monday night. It seems like cutting golf was the right decision, however. I say this despite golf being the only sport I played all four years of high school (although you wouldn’t guess it if you saw me swing a club today). On a per-athlete basis, it has to be the most expensive sport for the district, especially with participation declining. It takes two coaches for a handful of athletes, because the golfers get so spread out on a course. And then there are fees paid to Marion Country Club for the team to practice and compete.


  • Senior Center has 1st summer cookout

    Marion Senior Center had its first cookout of the summer June 29. Ed Riffel grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. The meal also included potato salad, coleslaw, and watermelon. Thelma Blosser brought mints with smiley faces, so Sue Clough led the guests in a few songs about smiles. The next cookout will be July 27. Senior center patrons observed Independence Day on July 3 by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the “Star-Spangled Banner.” There also was trivia, and greetings from a friend of Joan Meyer in Europe.

  • Centre grad marries in outdoor wedding

    Katherine Lynn Carlson and Daniel Ray Burget married in an outdoor ceremony May 11 at Hoyt Community Park gazebo in Hoyt. Pastor Bill Peterson of Hebron Lutheran Church, Burdick, performed the ceremony. Glenn and Sandy Carlson of Burdick are the bride’s parents. Tony and Rhonda Burget of Hoyt are the groom’s parents. Grandparents of the bride are the late Harold and Vera Carlson and the late Jim and Maudie Vinduska. Grandparents of the groom are Dan and Loretta Burget and Vance Ramsey and the late Mary Ramsey. The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

  • Hymn sing set for Sunday

    A community hymn sing will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church will feature the 20-person group, Men in Harmony, directed by Jim Ellis and led by local singer and musician Steve Vincent The group will perform their own favorites as well as hymns picked by the audience picked hymns. Evening also will include scripture reading and prayer

  • Helmer family has reunion

    The Helmer family had its annual reunion Thursday at Marion County Lake Hall. Descendants of the George Helmer family were hosts of the potluck dinner. They included Jerry and Barbara Bessel, Jo, Wendy, Alexis, Haylee, and Logan Holtz of Assaria; Aaron, Marci, and Kherrington Finck of Wichita; and Darla Gore of Marion.

  • Steak fry is Aug. 27

    Marion Kiwanis Club will have a steak fry Aug. 27 at the east shelter house at the county lake. Club members also will go to a Council Grove Kiwanis picnic and golf tournament, starting 6:30 p.m. July 29.

  • Ventriloquist to perform

    Ventriloquist, illusionist, and comedian Kevin Horner will present a program, “Dig into Reading,” at 10 a.m. July 23 at Marion Community Center. The program will feature several puppets and is designed for children of all ages. Marion City Library is sponsoring the free program. For more information call (620) 382-2442.

  • St. Luke employees receive scholarships

    Five St. Luke Living Center employees recently received $500 scholarships from the John D. Hett memorial fund. Scholarships were available to living center and hospital employees to further their education in health care. Recipients were Emalee Versch, Symba Cleeton, Rebecca Williams, Misty Brewer, and Jordan Harper.

  • Country gospel singer to perform

    Country gospel singer Susie McEntire will present a concert as a prelude to the 83rd annual Marion County Fair. McEntire, named artist of the year several times in the category “positive country music,” will perform at 8 p.m. July 21 at USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center in Marion.


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  • Pool's waters can be healing for seniors

    Physical ailments like arthritis may not have a complete cure, but water can help ease the pain. For women participating in water aerobics sessions at USD 409 Sports and Aquatic Center, working out is like taking care of a car.

  • Books literally read themselves

    Janet Marler is a librarian. She works at Marion City Library. If anyone knows about books, she does. She also knows that not all books are read. Some talk. Marler wants to promote the Kansas Talking Book Program.

  • New technology for older generation

    Neva Applegate enjoys looking at pictures of her grandkids as they scroll across the screen of her Mac computer. Applegate, whose son set her up with a computer in 1995, is part of a growing number of seniors using computers. She uses hers to write emails and play games.


  • New superintendent meets Centre board

    After a “whirlwind” week, Brian Smith met with Centre’s school board Monday for the first time since his hiring as superintendent and principal. Many routine actions were taken. Mark Heiser was elected president, and Steve Jirak was elected vice president. New member Clay Simons replaced Brent Methvin.

  • Tabor ponders using pool in Marion

    Tabor College is considering adding a swim team. Athletic Director, Rusty Allen, says a decision is not imminent, however.

  • FFA members attend D.C. conference

    Nick Meyer of Marion-Florence FFA and Makenzie Deines of Centre FFA attended an FFA Washington Leadership Conference June 11 to 16 in Washington, D.C. During the conference, Meyer and Deines met Sen. Pat Roberts, the senior member of Kansas’ Senate delegation.

  • Marion swimmers place second at Hillsboro

    Marion Swim Team came in second at a meet Saturday in Hillsboro. Marion scored 520 points, Hillsboro scored 662, and Peabody scored 154. Saturday marked the first time Marion has lost to Hillsboro in five years.


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